Alright...what in the world is this newfangled softwareless, bar-code, scanner system thing you keep mentioning? I haven't heard anyone else talk about it...
Two different things CCLs suppossedly working on.
A softwareless setup so Mac users can give CCL money. Not being a computer person I can't get into details of why, how or what, just picturing it in my head as a big change that sounds like it's going to mean the computers have to be connected to the internet all the time to do anything with the data which is great sounding for aspects like trying to have multiple computers displaying the same information which seems impossible now and with upload/sync times taking in the realm of 24 hours now to pull off, much faster. It's also kinda scarey thinking you have to have internet all the time to be able to do anything with the data whereas with the software now, we can still work offline with our collections. I'm only a few years removed from dial-up connections here and seriously thinking about heading back into the boonies to chase country level store front rent. I was told about a month ago it was about six months away from reality which means we're in the 5 months away range now assuming they stay on pace.
I believe the barcode scanner thing was mentioned as a top priority by the ValiantOne in that thread many months ago about what CCL should focus on as being important to CCL. If it speeds up uploading I'm all for it and if having the chance to sell a few thousand to subscribers and stores kicks a little more in the CCL coffers then great.
I'm hoping common sense says the two are going to occur almost simultaniously and as such wouldn't mind crossing a few bridges now to start preparing, ESPECIALLY
when doing so also provides benefits to CCL and the stores financially now while pleasing real customers, maybe attracting new ones along the way, all while continuing to distinguish CCL from the other sites and databases. I don't know about you but I tend to get a little happy when I find something new to add to CCL that the big guys don't already have. A reason to come, hopefully a reason to stay even if we do forget our manners and don't take time to welcome new members.
I'm also hoping they work in a few tweeks to make it a simple point of sale (POS) along the way. That's about all a POS system is, a database hooked to a cash register. Depending on how much tweeking goes into it it could even expand CCL greatly by getting into B&M's as their POS and getting passed on/endorse to more users, who may wander into some of the online stores for items their local B&M's don't have. I'm sure CCL wouldn't mind having the chance to charge a few thousand new subscriptions for POS use. With a few additional tweeks to allow individual stores to add categories that display only in their own stores the POS application becomes even broader reaching and more useful.